Aquariums for children: important initial considerations
Despite the above, you can’t just fulfil a child’s simple wish for an aquarium without a few initial considerations. Whether or not children can look after an aquarium themselves largely depends on their age. Parents of younger children need to be able to support in maintaining the hobby.
The hobby doesn’t have to be time consuming
An aquarium for children doesn’t have to be time consuming, especially compared to other pets. For instance, a partial water change every two weeks is routine for a established aquarium for children.
It can be useful to create a care schedule with your child so that he/she (with your support) can see what needs to be done and when. When you go on holiday, automatic feeders are great as they can feed your fish whilst you are away. Unless you have a friendly neighbour who is more than happy to not only water your house plants but also feed your fish.
Are aquariums for children suitable for bedrooms?
It’s generally fine to install an aquarium in a child’s bedroom. However, you and your child should carefully consider whether he/she is likely to be disturbed by noises like the sound of water. It’s not only children who can be bothered by noises; fish are also sensitive to what is going on around them in the child’s bedroom. Another consideration to think about is that the aquarium should never be positioned in direct sunlight. It also has to be placed on a stable and flat surface. The furniture unit should be able to support the heavy weight of an aquarium.